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Grier marched through MS soccer playoffs

Grier middle school used consecutive “shots from the mark” situations to win the Girls MS Soccer Championship this week over Cramerton.

Grier needed to get past Belmont last Thursday to play in the championship match. They progressed after outlasting Belmont through 70 minutes of a scoreless draw and winning 2-1 in “shots from the mark” ( commonly called, “PK shootout”). Neither team had many opportunities in regulation and the overtime periods. Both coach Wydo of Grier, and coach Barnhardt of Belmont looked to bulking up their defenses using Shannon Kay of Grier, and Molly Fisher of Belmont as center backs or sweepers to keep out the opposition. The resulting progession to shots allowed Grier to progress after the girls figured out how to look for corners in those big goals.

A similar scenario greeted the Grier Knights as they played Cramerton for the championship. After a 1-1 regulation match and no score in overtime, Pk’s once again forced a result.

Congratulations, we at the Front Porch are looking forward to the next year of soccer in the Gaston County area. There will be many exciting youngesters joining the high school programs, and the continued growth of the sport in this area is developing many more players and fans.

May 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Kings Mountain wins 6th straight Gazette Cup title, Raiders finish 4th

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On a blustry day and evening at Ashbrook, Kings Mountain defended their Gazette Cup title, 7-0 over the tournament hosts Saturday.

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Kings Mountain outside midfielder, #10, Ramey Kerns, scored four goals in the final match and also picked up the tournament offensive MVP award. Kerns scored a total of 10 goals in the 3 match event. An outstanding finisher, Kerns shoots rockets at wide-eyed keepers. And, she’s only a sophomore!

The final match was pretty much decided in the first 30 minutes of play. Ashbrook couldn’t find the handle in the midfield and their defense looked confused. KM came from the left, right, and center on every attack.

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The 3rd place match earlier in the evening between Forestview and South Point kept fans in their chilled aluminum seats for the full 80-minute regulation time, and then some. The teams ended tied 3-3 at regulation. According to tournament rules, other than the final, tie matches would be played directly to kicks from the mark (“penalty kicks”, for the uninitiated). Forestview, after losing in PK’s on Thursday night to Ashbrook, prevailed this evening 2-1, when “Eli” McEwan’s tying attempt dinged off the crossbar. South Point settled for 4th place in the loss.

The South Point-Forestview match had both teams fighting the gusty winds all evening. Each team earned more than 7 corner kicks apiece when misplayed balls were blown out over the goal line. Forestview took an early 2-0 lead until senior midfielder, Christine Ellington drilled a direct kick into goal to make it 2-1 about 8 minutes before half. Mary Leslie Miller of Forestview scored once more to make it 3-1 at the half.

In the second half, South Point picked up the pace of play and managed to keep possession for most of the half. Sophomore striker, Shannon Holder, scored two goals to tie the match in regulation.

If it were not for a couple of near-misses by freshman speedster, Diamond Davis, the Lady Raiders would have notched their third win in six outings this season. Christine Ellington also had a near miss directly from a corner kick that brought the fans to their feet.

Elizabeth “Eli” McEwan was presented with the Mike McCurry award which represents sportsmanship, outstanding play, and overall spirit of competition. Diamond Davis and Christine Ellington were selected to the All-Gazette team.

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March 9, 2008 at 2:23 am Leave a comment

Girl’s Gazette Cup

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Results from Wednesday’s matches as reported by the Gazette.

 Jaguars, Green Wave win big in first round

Thursday at Martha Rivers Park
HT  vs. HH, 5 p.m.
Kings Mountain vs. South Point, 6:30 p.m.
FV  vs. Ashbrook, 8 p.m.

Saturday at Ashbrook
Seventh-place game, noon 
Fifth-place game, 2 p.m.
Third-place game, 4 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m

March 6, 2008 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Lady Raiders kick off Gazette Cup in style

The girls soccer team at South Point HS got a good start at the East Lincoln Invitational last week (one win, one tie, and one losss) and the Gazette Cup this week.

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Currently, the 2-1-1 Lady Raiders, fresh off a 1-0 win last night over rival East Gaston in the opening evening of the annual Gazette Cup, look forward to a level playing field this season.

Kings Mountain, Forestview, and Ashbrook lost a significant number of players to graduation last year, but as normal, just reloaded for this spring campaign.

Don’t count out East Gaston by any means in this spring season, or Hunter Huss for that matter. East Gaston picked up a number of the players to the varsity roster off last spring’s Mount Holly middle school finalist team and they made an immediate impact in last night’s match. More on Hunter Huss at the end of the article.

Red Raider freshman, Diamond Davis, scored the lone goal  of the match on a very quick counter attack by the Red Raiders, blasting past East Gaston midfield standout, Kylie Payne, and defender, Emily Ingle, to send home a goal on sophomore backup keeper Ayanna Reid in the 4th minute of play. Reid normally is a defender and was filling in for senior Sydney Heffner for this match.

After the initial shock of the goal, East Gaston played fundamentally sound soccer throughout the rest of the match. Freshman strikers, Kristen Calhoun and Stephanie Aguilar frustrated the defense of South Point almost all evening. South Point’s back line of Methodist College signee, Christine Ellington, along with Mandy Donaldson,  Elizabeth “Eli” McEwan, and Julia Ratchford had their hands full containing the penetrating runs of the youngsters.

Coach John Miller’s squad used frequent substitutions to apparently rest the legs of his players in this early season test. Seniors Gerry Le and Abbey Gensch ably led the Raider midfield with solid support from 2008 Miss South Point, Kaley Rivera, and a rotating series of wing players.

Freshman, Paige Donaldson, and sophomore, Shannon Holder, rotated in and out all evening giving the South Point women much needed speed and added an interesting element to the attack. Diamond Davis was definitely the story for the Raiders on this evening. The freshman phenom has speed, an aggressive quality, and the desire to shoot every chance down the pitch. She is a raw talent that will need to be nurtured because the frustration element against older, stronger defenders was apparent late in the match.

Junior keeper, Gabby Bevlin, who transferred after last season from Highland Tech, stepped up big time by directing the squad from behind. Her chatter was very professional and kept the SP defense focused. East Gaston’s shooters, Kylie Payne, Sadie Schronce and Kristen Calhoun were met by fast hands and solid physical play by Bevlin.

Probably the biggest standout of the evening was an unassuming player named Crystal Ocasio of East Gaston. She wears number 9 and played in the left defensive back position and midfield wing position. As a sophomore, she displayed a maturity and talent beyond her years given the speed of the SP attack. Several times she stripped Davis of the ball and cleanly cleared along the left touchline.

Ocasio shined inthe final 10 minutes of the match as tempers began to flare between the squads. Julia Ratchford was called for a foul deep in her defensive corner (receiving a stern warning from the referee) about 20 yards from goal. Ocasio placed a perfect direct free kick into the box, which Bevlin saved. Talk about a bit of breath holding by the Raider fans!

Within stoppage time, Ocasio placed another direct free kick smack into an onrushing SP keeper, anybody else, it would have been a goal. Bevlin came up big time with what turned out to be the final play of the match.

On Thursday night, South Point will face defending Gazette Cup champions, Kings Mountain,  who beat an outclassed North Gaston squad, 11-0. KM, last springs 3A regional finalists lost 9 players to graduation, but still remains big, fast, and strong. Kings Mountain has several fast midfielders and strikers, and are not afraid to match up defensively body-for-body. The match will be held at Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia. Admission is $4 and funds from the event go to the Gazette “Newspapers In Education” program.

Big South Conference Outlook 

This spring’s Big South Conference will be an exciting one with what we are terming the most “level playing field” over the past several years. Six of the seven schools have legitimate shots at winning the conference title this season.

Hunter Huss and Ashbrook are the early season favorites, but don’t overlook East Gaston, Forestview, Crest, or South Point. Each squad is loaded with experienced year-around club players.

Huss played a very good match against Highland Tech last week and displayed some defensive moxie and speed along the wings and a super keeper.

Forestview has a good midfield and creative coaches. Ashbrook has a new coach, and a positive attitude along with solid midfielders.

Crest, as always, draws good Cleveland County club players and possess speedy attackers.

Only North Gaston will struggle this season. They had a great corp of freshman last year that seemed to disappear as the season progressed.

Looking forward to the start of a new soccer season, as always, here on the Belmont Front Porch.

March 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

Fall Sports for SP have regretfully been completed

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With the loss of the state playoff football game last Friday night, the fall sports programs at South Point have come to a close.

What a great fall season though, eh?

The boys soccer team did well; the football team did great. Boys and girls cross country did well. Girls golf improved. Girls softball has a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years, and the volleyball teams looked good for another season.

Even the cheerleaders fared well ! Powderpuff cheer squad too !

Belmont Middle School still has boys soccer in-season for a couple of more weeks, and the rest of the sports re-tool for the winter sports of swimming, basketball, and wrestling.

HS basketball tonight at the gym – vs. Cherryville — updates later as our intrepid HS reporters text the sports editor.

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November 27, 2007 at 9:18 pm 5 comments

Gadd Named Big South Conference “Keeper of the Year”

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South Point’s goal keeper, Case Gadd, was named Big South Conference “keeper of the year”, in a vote by the conference coaches. South Point also earned 5 additional slots on the All-Conference team.

Gadd earned keeper of the year title with a stats record that every keeper would like to have in their career. 164 Saves, 10 shutouts in this season and only 16 goals allowed.

South Point players selected to the All-Conference team: 

Sr. Aaron Pegues, South Point, Defender; 4 year varsity starter, three time all-conference selection; 5 goals this season with 9 assists. More importantly, Aaron anchored one of the toughest defensive lines in the state, only allowing 19 goals all season. Pegues has been known to pull shots taken right off the goal line and put back into play. Three year team captain.

Sr.Devin Anderson, South Point, Def, three year varsity starter, defensive stalwart for the Red Raiders.

Sr.Matt Crane, South Point, MF, 2 year varsity starter, 2nd year all-conference selection, scored 10 goals and 9 assists on 2007 season. Had game winning goal in 15th Annual Gazette Cup final; first year as team captain.

Sr.Will Harbin, South Point, MF, 3 year varsity starter, 4 year varsity player, 3rd year as all-conference selection; 15 goals and 13 assists on season; 2nd year as captain of team.

Sr.Kevin Haskins, South Point, F, 2 year varsity starter, 2nd year all-conference selection, 39 goals on season with 13 assists. Top ten scorer in the state of North Carolina for 2 years in a row.

 All-Conference Team 2007

 

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(South Point Senior Class 2007, 18-4-1)

 

November 27, 2007 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Catching Up

The last several days have caused the editorial cabal of the Belmont Front Porch to get behind in their filed stories and experiences.

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The nice weekend allowed many of us to get caught up with yard work – props to the great students from Belmont Abbey College for neighborhood assistance with leaf raking and bagging. That was a great help, espcially for older citizens.   

Speaking of bagging leaves — you can push leaves to the curb and the City of Belmont does still do a leaf cleanup, ususally every couple of weeks generally a couple of days after the trash and recycle pickups. For example, a Monday trash day would mean a Wednesday leaf vacuum on alternating weeks. Tuesdays = Thursday leaf removal, etc.

However, you are encouraged to mulch your leaves and develop a composting pile. The compost really helps the gardens and yards in this area of hard, red, clay soil.

There are several neighbors who actually drive around and pick up bagged leaves to use in their own compost piles or as mulch in their gardens. Again, a great neighborly way to keep the recycling process going in this fine community.  

Congratulations to the SPHS football team – they keep winning. The wild, cold night on Friday was fun. 70-31 outcome, another step in the playoff picture. This coming Friday is against TC Roberson, known more for their soccer program than for football, but that is the way the cookies crumble.

Speaking of soccer — Lake Norman High School finished their second undefeated season with a wild final against Wilson Fike in Raleigh this past Saturday, winning 4-2. The team that being our Raiders in the first round lost to Charlotte Catholic 6-0 in the second round. Catholic lost to Lake Norman 3-0 in the Regional final last week.

We have stories coming up about the All-conference selections for soccer. The Abbey’s fall sports, and MS sports reports. We are keeping an eye on the construction projects around town — Like the opening of the new Lowe’s and the hotel.

We were also saddened by the loss of a community leader in Jon Closson last week. Jon is the husband of Keep Belmont Beautiful director, Judy Closson. He was active in Habitat for Humanity and was often seen on roofing and insulation days at various projects in Belmont, Mt. Holly and Gastonia. Jon was an executive with Watson Insurance in Gastonia and was a good neighbor in Belmont. We will miss his presence in our lives.   

       

November 19, 2007 at 12:25 pm 2 comments

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